Malta And The Maltese By Charles A. Price

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Malta! Recipient of the George Cross for gallant resistance to Italo-German siege in the Second World War; home of the British Mediterranean fleet for over 150 years; part cause of the Napoleonic Wars of the early nineteenth and a half century; home for two centuries of the Knights of St. John and, under them, unconquerable bastion of the West against the onslaughts of the Moslem Turks: Malta has ever been associated with naval warfare, siege and armed might. In the eyes of Christendom she is famous also as the stormy scene of the ship-wreck of St. Paul, and, in the minds of those interested in a still as earlier Europe, the centre of a most remarkable Stone-Age culture. In these events lies the fascination and the fame of Malta’s history.
This romantic background, however, often blinds us to another aspect: that Malta has for centuries been one of the most densely populated parts of Europe-her present density being nearly 2,700 persons per square mile-and that social problems of great imperial significance have grown up around such an intense concentration of people. Nor is it often realized that Malta is not a solitary islet with a homogeneous character but a group of islands differing in some respects quite markedly from one another

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Of Malta proper, with its 96 sq. miles and its capital Valetta, we have all doubtless heard. But Gozo, with its 26 sq. miles and its little capital town of Victoria, we know less well; despite the claim of its inhabitants that they are to the “Maltese” proper what the Scottish are to the English, providing most of the energy and much of the intelligence of Maltese activities at home and overseas. The purpose of this book is to bring before the public some of these less known matters, more especially the way in which during the nineteenth century the Maltese people and the British government faced the “Nemesis of over-population” and the “harsh necessity to emigrate abroad”. Bound in pale blue cloth with gilt text on the spine. No dustjacket. Book is signed in ink on the second page by the original owner. Some foxing to pages, mainly the first few pages and endpapers. Sun bleaching to spine and top part of the boards. Hardcover. Published by Georgian House, Melbourne, Australia 1954

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